•Artist: Rudy Perrone
•Album Title: Oceans of Art
•Label: Heartstring Music
•Country and Year of Release: USA, 1981
•Cover/Record Grade: Still/Sealed (but has creases in upper right corner)
•Other Info: Once upon a time there was a New York-based prog band called Cathedral (not to be confused with the ’90s prog rock band from Washington D.C. or the metal group with the same name) who in 1978 release their sole LP, Stained Glass Stories (for a test press of that album, see my other listings). Although largely unknown, this symphonic prog masterpiece is one of the very best ever released by an American band. Oceans of Art is a very obscure solo album by Cathedral’s guitarist, Rudy Perrone. While quite a few prog fans at least know of the Cathedral album by reputation (or own it on CD) few are even aware that Perrone recorded this solo album shortly after the Cathedral record came out. This beautiful album contains pieces written between 1979 and 1981. Perrone is a fine multi-instrumentalist, and here he plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, mandolin, tenor and soprano recorders, keyboards (including Mellotron), drums, percussion, vibes, and vocals. Additionally, he gets some help from Tom Doncourt, Mercury Caronia, and Fred Callan, all members of Cathedral. The music is in the prog rock vein with a healthy dose of folk influences, and should appeal in general to fans of groups like Genesis, Yes, or Jethro Tull (or Cathedral, for that matter) and those who like the early and mid-period Anthony Phillips LPs, as this record is reminiscent of some of his best work. You can hear a couple clips here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU8b9gM8HO4 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qyq7dOBb5qw
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With very few exceptions, I play grade the records that I list. (This means that I don't go by the way a record looks, only by how it plays.)Sometimes when I have a group (or a “lot”) of LPs within a single listing, I will not play all the records, but this is fairly rare.
I use Mint (M), Excellent (Ex), Very Good (VG), Good (G), Fair (F), and (heaven help us) Poor (P), and I take each of these words at their literal meaning. In other words, if I assign an LP a grade of “G,” that means to me that it really is in good playing condition, not fair or worse—for many dealers, a G (or even VG) grade is often really nothing more than a euphemism for a record that is in fair or poor condition.
I also use up to three plus signs (+) and up to three minus signs (-) to indicate varying degrees within a specific grade. So, a grade letter followed by a “+” means the condition is slightly better than the grade letter by itself, and a grade letter followed by “++” indicates that the condition is yet another small step higher.For example, a grade of Ex+++ means that the record is very close to being in the Mint range, but still just shy of it.
This may seem like a strange system at first glance but I use it because I feel that the standard grading systems are inadequate, as they simply don't allow for enough grades or degrees within those grades. Many don't use Excellent, for example, which means that there is a jump from Mint down to Very Good—and there are a whole lot of grading possibilities in between those two, the way I see it.